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  1. giacomodelbianco

    Actual Us President (Donald Trump) Pen

    Dear All, I was looking at the pen used by Donald Trump for signing the executive orders (I have attached a picture). I know it is a Cross Townsend black but I noticed it is not a pen, it is most a black marker. Looking on the Cross official site I didn't find any Townsend Cross Marker model, only Roller (that was the one of the former Barack Obama), ballpoint and fountain pen. Is it pheraps a special model not available on the market?
  2. Cross Townsend Scuderia Ferrari Rosso Corsa Red 18kt Gold Nib Fountain Pen On Sale for $220 Retail Price is $400 Makes a remarkable gift for Fountain Pen Aficionados and Ferrari lovers as well.
  3. Please help with identifying (and maybe dating, first of all) my two Cross Townsend Lapis Lazuli, which look a bit different. The differences are most in disign of nibs and feeds, but also in serial numbers (on section thread). Also, prints on caps are different, "Cross - USA" and "Cross Made in USA" respectively. I`ve been told, that nibs of Townsends were made by Pelikan, but I cant idenify wich one (or both maybe)? But nibs are quite different, the F nib is much more rigid than M (with "curvy" tins). Thanks https://images.vfl.ru/ii/1554894246/9fc53d24/26136401_m.jpg https://images.vfl.ru/ii/1554894246/7bbb746e/26136402_m.jpg https://images.vfl.ru/ii/1554894247/1c6766da/26136403_m.jpg https://images.vfl.ru/ii/1554894247/505e35a4/26136404_m.jpg https://images.vfl.ru/ii/1554894247/759f21e3/26136405_m.jpg https://images.vfl.ru/ii/1554894248/bb9d283d/26136406_m.jpg
  4. I just bought a 18K Gold-filled Cross Townsend with a 18K BB nib from eBay, and I just wanted to ask the experts here if my pen is authentic and made in the USA. It has the script "Cross" logo on the clip, and an 18K hallmark for the rolled gold finish, but there is no marking of the country of origin on the pen itself. The pen itself writes well from the get-go, with some nib squeaking which should probably go away with use. At first I tried using a green Cross converter, but it leaked all over the place. The pen didn't leak when I switched to cartridges. Here are some pictures for your perusal. Thanks in advance! http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/9715995298_cd4a5437a4_b.jpg The whole pen. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5443/9715995362_5ee7e11779_b.jpg First view of the script logo and the 18K hallmark. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3812/9712761239_5804c4df3a_b.jpg Second view of the script logo and the 18K hallmark. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2865/9712761281_b3fff759b2_b.jpg The nib section with an ink cartridge inserted in. I tried using a new green Cross converter but it leaked all over the place. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5501/9712761475_e2326476ef_b.jpg Close-up of the 18K BB nib. It appears that Cross has discontinued the BB size, instead only offering F, M and B sizes nowadays. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/9715995490_a142d19740_b.jpgCloseup of the feed.
  5. laverst1

    Year Of The Rooster - Question

    Hi All. I wonder if anyone can help me with what a quick question? I phoned Cross but the guy I spoke to didn't know the answer. I bought my wife the Cross, Year of the Rooster pen for her 40th birthday. She loves it but feels that it writes a bit broad for her taste. I would like to replace the nib and I wondered what nib is compatible. I have checked through the forum and from doing so I believe that the pen is essentially a Townsend. Is that correct? If so then I assume any Townsend nib would fit? I have checked prices and if that is the case then it looks like for what would be about an extra £30, I would be as well buying a whole new Townsend pen with a fine nib then swapping the nibs over with my wife. Can anyone confirm my assumptions please? I would be very grateful.
  6. drtomprice

    Strange Embossed Logo On Cross Townsend?

    Greetings all. Looking for some insight into a recent acquisition. I recently got (what I think is) a good deal on a fleabay Townsend rollerball (which I quickly converted to FP on arrival). My first Townsend model, I really like the look and feel! From what I know this is a Tuxedo silver/black model. The silver was quite tarnished but polished back well with some paste and a cloth. The rollerball section appeared to be belmish free, and the replacement FP section screwed in no problem. However, the cap is intriguing. Notice the "CROSS" logo on the clip - it's a raised applique rather than the usual engraved and uses a serif font. I've never seen this before on a Cross pen. I asked a local expert who sells Cross pens and he had never heard of it too. I think the cap is plated, but I'm not sure - the silver extends into the inside of the cap as well. The barrel end is also silver and was tarnished, and there is a fine silver ring at the section-join of the barrel as well. There is no hallmark, and in extremely tiny print under the personalization stripe on the cap is "CROSS -USA-" so I'm thinking early 2000's. Thoughts?
  7. MichaelMiles

    Hello, From Dorset Uk

    So, having just bought a Cross Townsend fountain pen, in black with 23k gold medium nib and trim I thought I'd value being able to discuss matters handwriting with like spirits. The Cross Townsend is to replace my Parker Duofold International which I've been using since 1988. The Duofold is still giving excellent service even after 30 years, but hey! I suddenly fancied a change (fickle or what?). I'm currently using Clairefontaine Velin Blanc 90g paper, a delight but expensive. Being somewhat careful in matters financial (skinflint?) I'm using up the two Cross cartridges that came with the pen before I fit the ink converter and fill up from the bottle of Cross blue-black ink I've purchased. I'll be interested to see if I can detect any difference. My immediate impressions of my new Cross Townsend is that the medium nib seems more like a broad to me, and is writing more wet than I'd expected, Still, early days.
  8. The most basic, and probably most asked introductory question you all get is, "What is involved with making your own barrels and caps." I know there are a myriad topics that are included like material desired, time needed, cost, machining and tools, technical ability, etc. The reason I'm asking is because I've recently become the recipient of four vintage (1970's) New Old Stock Cross Townsend Nibs. I can't buy the barrels and caps and don't really want to sell the nibs, but they are otherwise useless. A Moderator suggested I take a look at this forum and I had no idea folks created their own stuff. So, I'm intrigued. Where does one find the necessary dimensions, etc. to attempt such an endeavor? OPKS
  9. Hi, I have a Cross Townsend Lazuli Blue Lapis and gold fountain pen that I got as part of my divorce settlement. We purchased the pen new in London in 1998. It was used a couple of times by my ex, a part time calligrapher, but still looks to be in perfect condition. I want to sell this pen, but want to get an idea of how much its worth before putting it on ebay... and also if ebay is the best place to sell a pen like this. I've seen some prices online, but they range from $299 to $999, mostly from posts 5 years ago or more, so uncertain of its worth. thanks Lee
  10. Between a Parker Duofold Centennial and a Cross Townsend which would you pick and why?
  11. Hello all! There will be New Cross writing instruments coming in September and October! The 2016 Year of the Monkey Special Edition Collection! 2016 Year of the Monkey Special Edition CollectionCross is proud to welcome the latest in our Chinese Zodiac Series – The 2016 Year of the Monkey Collection.The year of the monkey is 9th in the order of the Zodiac cycle. Individuals born under this sign are recognized for their active, energetic spirits and magnetic personalities. They have the versatility, creativity, intelligence and strategic prowess that are the mark of this sign.This exquisite pen is etched with an elegant monkey design and is the perfect addition to your Zodiac collection. Main Features Beautiful Monkey design deeply etched into the finish Available in ballpoint pen, Selectip® Rolling Ball Pen and Fountain Pen technologies Beautiful monkey detail etched into the finish Tibetan Teal and Brushed Platinum Plate finishes add elegance and sophistication Zodiac Special Edition presentation gift packaging, acrylic pen stand and romance book Solid 18KT gold fountain pen nib is decorated with a unique Year of the Monkey pattern Lifetime Mechanical Guarantee Century II & Townsend Holiday Duos! In September 2015! Concept / What’s NewIdeal for the holiday gift giving season, our classic Century II and Townsend ballpoint pen and fountain pen gift sets make the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.Main Features Special Limited Time Holiday Offering Available in ballpoint and fountain pen gift sets Featuring Century II and Townsend collections Includes Gift Box Lifetime Mechanical Guarantee In September 2015 It will be the Edge! Edge New FinishesConcept / What’s New:Introducing two new Edge finishes in expressive and vibrant colors based off the color trends in fashion and beauty!The Cross Edge Collection is known for those who want to have a little fun while getting down to business. The Metallic fusion resin amps up the effect with two new vibrant colors.Engineered to accept gel or ballpoint ink, Edge delivers ultimate function, versatility, and style.Main Features Stylish Metallic Fusion Resin Finishes in Real Teal and Electric Purple Capless rollerball pen Versatile writer accepts both gel and jumbo ballpoint refills Innovative slide-open technology for single-handed operation Premium Gift Box Lifetime Mechanical Guarantee In Feburary 2016 Peerless Collection - Special Edition Cross proudly presents our New Peerless Special Edition Collection - a fine writing series designed to celebrate iconic cities and their citizens around the world.Inspired by the elegant sophistication of New York’s Chrysler Building, London’s Elizabeth Tower and Tokyo’s Skytree, each Peerless pen within this global collection embodies with a premium Swarovski® crystal set into the classic Cross Conical top and designed to showcase each building’s architectural beauty.Main Features Special Edition Collection Available in Ballpoint and Fountain Pen technologies Beautiful architectural detail etched into the finish Embellished with a Swarovski® crystal set into the classic conical top Showcases in a beautiful keepsake box Includes pen presentation stand
  12. commonuser

    Cross Townsend - Help/opinions

    I'm planning on purchasing a Cross Townsend fountain pen, but I can't seem to make up my mind on the finish. I'm considering the following: Quartz Blue LacquerGarnetRuby Lacquer​Opinions are more than welcome. Any information regarding your experience with a Townsend is appreciated. I would love to see a writing sample for the fine and medium nib (two-tone 18-karat/rhodium-plated). Thanks in advance.
  13. Cross Townsend (18K rolled Gold Finish) Introduction This pen was purchased from a purveyor of fine pens based in Rhode Island (RI), USA. I went to college in Providence, RI, but did not realise at the time that the famous A.T. Cross company was founded in Providence (1846), and had its global headquarters just 10 miles away in Lincoln, RI. After solely collecting Japanese pens for years, I decided to explore the offerings from the pen makers in other countries. Hence, last year I started to put together a collection of flagship pens that was representative of the major brands in the market. From various sources (including my parents who used fountain pens in school), I learnt that Cross made a quality pen. Hence I decided to purchase a NOS Cross Townsend in the classic 18K rolled gold finish for my collection. Why did I choose this finish? I do not shy away from gold trim on my pens - in fact, as a traditionalist at heart I will choose gold trim over silver trim if possible, because gold is the traditional colour for pen clips and trim rings. Old-style pen clip with the cursive "Cross" script. New-style pen clip with the block "Cross" letters. Pen construction and first impressions The pen is made of brass with an 18K rolled-gold finish, a very durable and thick gold-plating finish. It is unlikely that this pen will see brassing during my lifetime if I treat it with care. The pen cap initially came with a clip sporting the cursive "Cross" script. Because there was a significant scratch on the top of the cap, I exchanged the pen cap, and the new cap came with a clip sporting the block "Cross" letters. More importantly to me, both caps did not indicate the country of manufacture of this pen. It appears that Cross pens were originally made in the USA and Ireland, and later on in China. To the best of my knowledge, the country of manufacture used to be clearly marked below the gold hallmark on American- and Irish-made pens; however, Cross removed the country of manufacture when they started manufacturing in China. Although I have no prejudice against Chinese-made pens (as long as the pen is well-made), I was a bit disappointed to find no indications of the country of manufacture on this pen because it was specifically advertised as being made in the USA. The pen has a slip cap that fits tightly over the nib section. Although this works well for preventing dry-out when the pen is not used for a period of time, I wonder if the plastic clutch ring inside the cap is robust enough to withstand a lifetime of use, given the not-inconsiderable force needed to uncap or cap the pen. Because Cross offers a "full perpetual lifetime warranty guarantee" on all their writing instruments, however, I figure I should be covered if I happen to break the cap while using the pen. The pen comes with user-replaceable nib sections which simply unscrew from the barrel. Some users have complained that the nib section unscrews too easily from the barrel, and I concur. There are two disadvantages of such a tight slip fit between the nib section and the cap: first, the cap tends to create a partial vacuum during the action of uncapping, drawing ink from the pen onto the nib and into the inner cap (ditto for capping - the force required for capping can cause ink to spurt from the nib into the inner cap); and second, the tight fit of the cap can cause an inattentive user to inadvertently unscrew the nib section from the barrel instead of uncapping the pen. In actual use, however, I find that the pen construction is adequately robust. Although the pen diameter is a little too narrow, I find the length to be just right. I prefer using this pen unposted because posting the cap causes the pen to be top-heavy. The pen uses a cartridge/converter filling system. Nothing special, just that I had to purchase the (green) push-in converter separately. For the cost of this pen, Cross should consider including a converter in the package. To be fair, the reseller provided a lifetime supply (to me) of proprietary Cross cartridges with the pen (~twelve boxes of blue and black, six cartridges per colour). Nib section with a Cross cartridge inserted. Writing Experience (BB nib) The reason why I use fountain pens is because I love the feeling of a nib gliding across the page with minimal pressure, leaving behind a luscious line of liquid ink. The BB nib that came with this pen was adequate - even a little springy - but did not meet the minimal pressure requirement that I impose for all my fountain pens. Don't get me wrong - there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the nib or how it was adjusted before leaving the factory. I also like my nibs to write well at a variety of angles to paper - from near-horizontal to near-vertical. This BB nib did not satisfy, so I placed the pen on the Classifieds where it sat for a couple of weeks, not attracting a single message. Writing Experience (Naginata-Togi M nib) Fast forward a couple of weeks to the San Francisco Pen Show last week. I originally got Mike Masuyama just to work on grinding my Pelikan M1000 M nib to a cursive italic, but then I had a brain wave. I asked him if he could grind Naginata-Togi nibs, and he replied in the affirmative. So I took out my Cross Townsend with the BB nib and asked him to make it into a Naginata-Togi M nib. Mike Masuyama used to work for Sailor where he learnt all the tricks of nib adjustments from the Nagahara father-and-son duo, so I was confident that his nib wizardry would make me fall in love with my Cross Townsend again. Mike Masuyama and his charming wife. Mike knocked out the nib from my Cross Townsend nib section before proceeding to expertly grind it. He said that the nib and feed were made by Pilot, which was a surprise to me. The results of the nib grinding? Here are some before and after photographs. You be the judge. Before: After: Before: After: Before: After: Before: After: More importantly, how does it write? This Naginata-Togi nib writes well with zero pressure at a variety of angles, even upside down. I have been using this nib for the past week to write Tang Dynasty poems and the pen has performed admirably. For all its idiosyncrasies, I am confident that this pen will stay in my rotation as I struggle to achieve the calligraphic strokes that Mike demonstrated so effortlessly. Mike's calligraphy with a Sailor Naginata-Togi Broad nib inked with Sailor Blue ink (top) and a Sailor Crosspoint nib inked with Sailor Blue-Black (bottom).
  14. Hi, This is my first cross Townsend (bought second/used). I just notice that the feed got ink everywhere, is this normal for Cross Townsend? also there is a trace of ink on the rim. I use cartridge for this one. Photo attached. Thank you in adavance for answer(s).
  15. Yet again, I am trying to purchase a Montblanc Oscar Wilde ballpoint pen. This time, I trying to get this pen via a pen swap from a seller from whom I have purchased several pens in the past. However, since I have only done one pen swap in the past, I figured that I would ask the advice of those here who have done pen swaps since this swap seems a little one-sided (not in my favor) to me. I have like-new but without boxes Cross Townsend Lapis Lazuli ballpoint pen, pencil and rollerball pen and Cross Townsend Jade ballpoint pen and rollerball pen. I have kept each set in its own leather pen case, only taking them out to look at them on occasion; once in a while I may write a little bit during one of these little "visits" as well. Since these Cross Townsends are so recognizable, I have been reluctant to use them in public. However, having them sit around my house being admired on occasion rather than used is a waste of these lovely writing instruments. So, I thought that it might be nice to trade them for a couple pens which I might use, one of which is the Oscar Wilde ballpoint; other than the Montblanc star atop the pen, the ballpoint is not recognizable to those who are not familiar with the Oscar Wilde Montblanc series. The seller said that he would take the five Cross Townsend pens/pencil (Lapis Lazuli ballpoint, pencil and rollerball pen and Jade ballpoint and rollerball pen) in exchange for the Montblanc Oscar Wilde ballpoint pen. Since he is currently selling a Cross Townsend Lapis Lazuli ballpoint pen for $499, the my-five-pens for his-one-pen swap seems one-sided in his favor. I understand that he is a seller and must make a living but even I know that the Lapis Lazuli pencil is rare as is the like-new living-in-leather-pen-cases condition of my five pens. What are your thoughts on this pen swap? Any advice that you can provide would be welcome and appreciated. Thanks! : )
  16. I thought that those of you who are fans of Cross Townsend Rollerballs might enjoy seeing the picture of Jacob Lew, the US Secretary of the Treasury, signing his new signature using a Cross Townsend Rollerball in the NY Daily News article about the unveiling of his new signature (below). http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/treasury-secretary-signature-facelift-article-1.1376374 Enjoy! : )

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